The Wind Industry

Utilities with Wind Projects in Minnesota

Many utilities have developed wind projects in the Midwest. This list is by no means exhaustive and should not be seen as an endorsement of any particular utility:

Great River Energy
Madison Gas & Electric
Moorhead Public Service
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA)
Waverly Light and Power
Xcel Energy

More information

Minnesota Environmental Quality Board: Information on current wind power projects proposed for a site permit and projects recently permitted in Minnesota. In the search form select "Wind power" as subject and "Permit document" as Document type.

U.S. Dept. of Energy Green Power Markets: Green pricing information with a list of utilities that offer programs.

AWEA's Project Page: Lists of wind projects throughout the US, organized by state, and including Power Purchaser data

Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (PURPA)

The Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (PURPA) was enacted as part of the National Energy Act of 1978, during a time of unprecedented energy supply instability in the United States. The law requires utilities to purchase energy from non-utility generators or small renewable energy producers that can produce electricity for less than what it would have cost for the utility to generate the power, or the "avoided cost." Although once considered a key incentive for renewable energy, PURPA is less helpful for renewables today due to lower fossil energy prices.

Read background information on PURPA on the Union of Concerned Scientists web site.

Electric Cooperative

A form of utility in which all users own shares. Electric cooperatives are common in rural areas that are expensive to serve because of long distances between users. Frequently, the government contributes in various ways to rural cooperatives to reduce costs to individual owners/users.

Where can I find a school or training program specific to renewable energy?

If you are serious about joining the wind energy community, attending specialized schooling will help you fine tune your skills and hopefully lead you to a job. Here are post-secondary programs for college degrees and training certificates that focus on wind energy systems or that focus on renewable energy systems including wind.

Programs include:

Degree Programs

Certificate and Other Training Programs

 

Helpful Resources

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